Scientists at Stanford University (California, USA) have identified the area The case of the new “double mutation” variant A spokesperson for the Education Center confirmed on Monday that the virus is the first coronavirus discovered in India.
Last week, researchers at the Stanford University Clinical Virology Laboratory discovered this variant in infected people, and the variant appeared in India in March. Spread quickly. So far, there is no evidence that it has arrived in the United States.
“This variant has a mutation L452R We also found another major mutation in Californians, la E484Q“Stanford University health care spokeswoman Lisa King said.
In addition to confirmed cases, investigators are still tracking Seven other people They suspected that it might have been infected with the variant.
This variant has been classified as a “double mutant” because it has undergone two modifications Easier to attach to cells, Although it is not yet known whether it is more infectious than other or more resistant to vaccine antibodies.
At the end of March, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) (a group of 10 national laboratories formed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) confirmed that this new mutation is mainly in India Western Maharashtra After several virus sequencing tests.
“Analyzing the samples from Maharashtra State, it was found that compared with December 2020, it was E484Q and L452R mutations“The report was explained and added that these changes were found in approximately 15% to 20% of the samples and did not match any coronaviruses previously classified.
According to independent statistics from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic, In the U.S., 30 million people have been infected with the coronavirus More than 555,000 people were killed.